UMES 30 Ep. 40--Aviation Program At UMES Still Aloft After 30 Years

Oct 21, 2019

Students from UMES' Aviation Science Program tour one of the maintenance hangars at Salisbury-Ocean City-Wicomico Regional Airport.
Credit Brian Daniels / WESM

The University of Maryland Eastern Shore recently celebrated the 30th anniversary of its Aviation Science Program and the contributions of the man who got it off the ground---the late Abe Spinak.

Mr. Spinak was a World War II army veteran, earning two Purple Hearts after being wounded in action in Italy.

After the war, he attended Clarkson University and graduated in 1948 with a degree in mechanical engineering.

Spinak then worked for NASA for the next 33 years.

When he retired in 1981, he joined the faculty at UMES and played a pivotal role in developing the engineering and airway sciences programs at the university.

Today, the Aviation Science Program at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore is the only four-year collegiate aviation education program in the State of Maryland.

The program's educational mission is the preparation of students for challenging and rewarding careers in the aviation industry.

On this episode of UMES 30, we speak with Dr. Xavier Henry, a lecturer for the Aviation Science program here at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.